Jamaican Blue Mountain RSW Peaberry 2008-2009

Summary

Bean name Jamaican Blue Mountain RSW Peaberry 2008-2009
Country Jamaica

Description

We only sell 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain that can be verified and traced back to its source. We buy single estate Blue Mountain, but not just from any estate, otherwise it would be like going to the fishmongers and saying "I'd like some fish", instead of stating exactly what fish. Not all Blue Mountain tastes the same, so we won't sell you a blend of it, or something that is not this is 100% certified Blue Mountain.

The story of Blue Mountain for me is a sad one. It was once truly great coffee that got over produced and over hyped. Sadly, on the whole, it no longer lives up to its reputation. With most of the good stuff going to Japan (over 70% of all Blue Mountain grown does so) it's tough, though fortunately, due partly I guess to old colonial links, and to the sole UK importer having some fine cupping skills, we are able to offer a Blue Mountain that still delivers a quality cup.

For me, it still remains a bit of an experience coffee. I don't find it to be a high scorer on the cupping table, though that is because of its nature. The very reason it became so popular was that it was okay at everything. It has balance, smoothness, it's not too acidic and not too bland. It is adequate at everything.

Rarely does something fetch a huge premium for being okay, but Blue Mountain does just that.

Peaberry is rare and only amounts to around 5-10% of a crop. A lot of the time, I'm not that impressed with peaberrys on the cupping table. They need a slightly different roast and a little more care. Peaberrys have too much of reputation that most of the time they don't live up to, however, this one is an exception, it is great.

Everything about this Blue Mountain peaberry seems to shout more. More flavor, more sweetness, more spice and it is incredibly bold too. Perhaps it is a little less balanced than a normal Blue Mountain, but don't let that put you off - this is really good coffee.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 86

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